French fighter jet crashes in training, pilots eject safely
A French Mirage fighter jet crashed in an uninhabited area during a training exercise on Monday but the two pilots ejected safely, the air force said.
It blamed a "technical problem" for the crash of the Mirage 2000B in the south of France, adding that contact had already been made with the pilots and a "recovery operation" was under way.
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The incident follows another crash of a Mirage 2000 during a training exercise in May. In that case the pilot also ejected safely.
In June, a technical breakdown caused the crash of a Mirage 2000 in Niger as the pilots were returning from a mission in Mali, where France has been carrying out an offensive to rid the north of an Islamist insurgency.
The Mirage 2000 is a multi-role jet fighter and mainstay of the French air force, which has more than 300 deployed.
It first flew in the late 1970s and entered service in 1982.
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Source : AFP
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